My Top Ten Pagans Working As Change Agents for Social Justice in 2015

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2015 has been one hell of a year. So many incidences, so many opportunities to engage, so many open doors for social change, so many tears. This year has probably been one of the most challenging years for those who are pushing for social justice, and there have been a lot of areas of need as a result. When thinking about the closing of 2015, I have been reminiscing on some of the most courageous work of people I feel honored enough to share this work with, and I am continuously inspired by the … [Read more...]

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Best version of ourselves: A holiday reflection

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Christmas has always been the bane of my existence. The excitement over the Christmas season never fails to overshadow celebrations of those of us born near the Dec. 25th holiday. I still remain touchy about dual gifts and low attended birthday parties due to hailstorms and Christmas party overkill. To make matters worst, I am not Christian. Yet, few family members could ever comprehend that if I had to choose which day was more important to me- my birthday would be the resounding winner. No … [Read more...]

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Letter of Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is a traditional time for family gatherings, relaxation, charity walks, protests, pre-Black Friday online shopping, and gratitude. As a fall holiday, Thanksgiving  gives opportunities  to embrace the positive.  It is also a good time to reflect on how to turn the negative into positive in one’s life.  As a witch of color,  a creative spirit and a  loving daughter, I am grateful for my circle, my family, the good times and the hard times.  As the calendar year of 2015 wanes,  during t … [Read more...]

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Lifting Up Voices on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” - Desmond Tutu “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” - Elie Wiesel Today marks the 16th annual Transgender D … [Read more...]

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Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

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I have recently been thinking about some of my past client's, the work I do and my own sense of justice. The kind of justice that motivates me to continue the journey of such harsh work. I feel it appropriate to share something I wrote earlier this year.... a reflection of sorts. (Reprinted from Sage Woman magazine, #86.)The power of my ancestors runs through my veins, It is a power unknown to others, unseen to the naked eye, and beyond a sense of normal contemplation. The curl in my … [Read more...]

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My Wicca, My Life, My Way – A Story

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There are always conversations that get me to thinking about the role Wicca has played in my life, how it has helped me to grow in several different areas and really shaped much of who I am today.There are always going to be differences on what Wicca is and what it is not, and yet I know exactly what it has been for me; that goes back to the beginning of this story. When I came to the path in 2002 I started reading books and doing internet research to find out whether or not this “Wicca” thi … [Read more...]

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Grief: A Working of Love

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I have not written any blessings or workings this year for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge yet, and I am already nearing the end. (Thank goodness for encores). I have come to understand that my own blockage in doing this has to do with the intense amount of grief I am holding right now, for the loss of lives that continue to happen to Black people. It is hard to think of magic when death, sadness and hopelessness continues to circle around.I then started to think about the power in … [Read more...]

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Self Care: Beyond the Political

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As I have written before, it is problematic when we only focus on our own personal suffering in our spiritual practice. However, it is equally dangerous when we only respond to external forces of suffering or when we only know how to take care others. Women of color especially can get into the socially constructed mindset that we are selfish unless we are being a caregiver. At other times, we may get so caught up in serving others that we forget to serve ourselves. I know this happens to me … [Read more...]

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PantheaCon 2015; Pain, Healing Work, Allyship in Action and Coalition Building

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Several pieces have been written in blogosphere by now about the ups and downs of PantheaCon; I do not feel the need to repeat the details of the PantyCon satire piece and instead will link other pieces that reference this. I instead want to focus on the experience of transitioning from pain to healing work that happened for me at PantheaCon this year, and for many people of color (POC) and allies. The amazing transformative experience has left me continuing on a road to processing the healing … [Read more...]

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Magical Beginnings Begin Again

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I started officially walking into the study of Paganism in 2002, and joined my first coven in 2003. It has been a long time, and yet sometimes it feels like I just came to the path. There has been so much learning, and so many moments of personal growth, I am not the practitioner I was before. The process of personal and spiritual growth has changed me in ways I never anticipated, and now even the process of magic does not look or feel the same to me. I have even began noticing how my connection … [Read more...]

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